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Tuesday,  03/04/14  10:57 PM

Murmurations of StarlingsThe Ole filter makes a pass...

A Collection of Murmurations of Starlings, via Kottke.  Wow.

Equations are art in a mathematicians brain.  Really!  (Maybe they look like Murmurations :)

desktop vs mobileBenedict Evans on WhatsApp and $19B, and really on mobile vs desktop.  Key observation: the winner-take-all lock in of social on the desktop hasn't yet extended to mobile.

Speaking of WhatsApp, people are trying to figure out what happened there.  Of course, it's a one-time event, and hard to replicate.  But I don't think the founders thought "we should create something with a big network effect, so we can make lots of money".  Instead they were focused on creating something useful for lots of people, and it happened to be something with a network effect, so they happened to make a lot of money.

the AirlanderHere we have the strange thing that is the longest aircraft in the world.  It's an airship, of course, and amazingly it is based at Cardington in the UK, where the famous R101 was built.  The article is misinformed because it refers to the R101 as "ill-fated" and twice as long as this machine.  It is of course referring to the R100, which did indeed crash in France; that crash killed interest in the R101, which flew successfully to Canada and had a lot of promise as a cross-continental means of transportation in that pre-jet era.  Anyway I wish the makers of the Airlander well!

Thor's Well, Cape Perpetua, OregonThor's Well, at Cape Perpetua, in Oregon.  Awesome!

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